Label Me Person – Framing the Opioid Crisis

220

In 2018, there were 220 opioid-related Emergency Department (ED) visits in Windsor-Essex County (WEC). 2.8 times greater than the 78 opioid overdose ED visits in WEC in 2007.

36

In 2017, there were 36 opioid overdose deaths reported by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario. Majority were among City of Windsor residents.

51%

Over half (51%) of opioid-related deaths occurred indoors at a private residence in Windsor-Essex County.

Why Words Matter!

Sometimes the words we use to describe substance use can cause stigma that hurts our community. These words shape opinions, create negative stereotypes, influence how people are treated, and can stop people from getting support.

Instead of

Try

Addict, Drug Abuser, Junkie, Alcoholic, Druggie, User, etc.

Person who uses substances

Clean/Dirty needles

New or Sterile/Used needles

Relapse/Lapse

Resumed using substances

Someone is Clean

Substance-Free, Not Using, Abstinent

Someone is Dirty

Actively Using, Using Substances

Substance abuse/misuse, Drug habit

Substance use

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT), Opioid Replacement Therapy

Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT), Treatment

Instead of

Addict, Drug Abuser, Junkie, Alcoholic, Druggie, User, etc.

Try

Person who uses substances

Instead of

Clean/Dirty needles

Try

New or Sterile/Used needles

Instead of

Relapse/Lapse

Try

Resumed using substances

Instead of

Someone is Clean

Try

Substance-Free, Not Using, Abstinent

Instead of

Someone is Dirty

Try

Actively Using, Using Substances

Instead of

Substance abuse/misuse, Drug habit

Try

Substance use

Instead of

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT), Opioid Replacement Therapy

Try

Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT), Treatment

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